A ball, shoes, shin guards, water bottle, and uniform. Please read below to find out specifics about each.
Shin Guards. They can be soft or molded shin guards - supplied by the player, ankle cups are recommended (sometimes attached to the guard so they cannot be easily separated and lost).
Uniform - Team shirt, shorts, & socks – supplied by the club, and included in the registration fee.
Water Bottle – large enough to hydrate your child for the duration of practice &/or the game.
Shoes - cleats are recommended, but not a requirement – supplied by the player. Any cleats worn must be soccer cleats. Metal cleats (golf or baseball style) are not allowed. Note: please do not purchase shoes that are too large for your kids “so they will grow into them”. Those extra lengths of shoe can drag in the grass, thus leading to extra strain on the shin muscles and ligaments, and possibly shin splints.
Soccer Ball - The club supplies each team with a just few balls to play/practice with, so each player should also bring one ball for themselves to practice with. Read below to find the correct size for your child’s age group.
There are 3 sizes of ball generally used in soccer, from smallest to largest these are size 3, size 4, size 5. The ball size should be printed on the ball, usually near the air valve. If it is not printed on the ball, and you are therefore unsure of its size, select a different ball.
Size 3 ball - used for Pre-K (kids entering kindergarten next fall) all the way to the summer after 2nd grade (7-8 yrs old). This is the size they should practice and play with and they should NOT bring any larger sized soccer ball to practice.
Size 4 balls -used for kids starting the summer/spring they leave 3rd grade (8-9yrs old). A size 4 ball is used up to u13 or the year kids are leaving 6th grade, i.e. the end of In-House soccer.
If you have cleats, shin guards, and even balls in good condition that your family has outgrown, please consider donating them to the Clothes Closet at the Northfield Community Action Center (CAC).
In need of equipment? Please consider shopping at the Clothes Closet. They have a sports section and profits from sales support their/our community programs.
1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield 507-664-3580
Hours of operations are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m
Donations are accepted Mon-Sat 9am - 12 pm.